Financial Services Sector

Explain the Measures Taken for Bringing Out the Banking Sector Reforms in India

September 19th, 2016

BANKING SECTOR REFORMS IN INDIA:

*INTRODUCTION:
~ India had an extremely regulated system of banking.
~ This system suffered from various draw backs.
~ To overcome these draw backs, various reforms were undertaken in two phases.
~ As a result, India achieved stability and efficiency in the banking system.

*CAUSES OF REFORMS:
~ A highly regulated banking system had various drawbacks like lack of competition, low capital base, inefficiency and high intermediation costs.
~ Thus, the depositors and borrowers were highly dissatisfied.
~ More over, after the nationalisation of banks in 1969, the pre-dominance of the public sector increased leading financial repression.
~ Also modern technology had no place in the banking system and the quality of service was inadequate.
~ Improper risk management systems and weak prudential standards gave rise to poor asset quality and low profitability.
~ In order to improve the adverse condition of the then existing banking system, various reforms were introduced since 1991.
~ These reforms were carried out in two distinct phase.

*FIRST PHASE OF BANKING SECTOR REFORMS:
~ These reforms were carried out on the recommendations of the NARSHIMAM COMMITTEE (1991:Part 1)
~ These reforms can be categorised as:

1)Strengthening Measures.
2)Operational Flexibility Measures.
3)Competitive Efficiency Measures.
4)Legal Environment Measures.
5)Customer Services and Priority Sector Lending Measures.

1)STRENGTHENING MEASURES:
~ These measures help the bank to strengthen itself to face the fluctuation in the economic environment.
~ These measures comprise the following reforms:

# Capital adequcy:
~ The ratio of minimum capital to risk assets is called the CAPITAL ADEQUACY RATIO.( CAR)
~ The CAR has been increased to 9%. At present almost 78% banks have a CAR above 10%.
~ This improves the trust and confidence of the banks in the eyes of the depositors.

# Prudential Norms:
~ These norms were initiated by the RBI to bring professionalism in commercial banks.
~ They include asset classification, income recognition and provision for bad debts.
~ These norms ensure the presentation of accurate financial position of banks as per international accounting practices.

#Valuation Norms:
~ These norms were more helpful to nationalised banks.
~ It made it possible for nationalised banks to raise funds through public issues.

# Transparency and Disclosures:
~ These norms ushered in more transparency and disclosure in published account.

2)OPERATIONAL FLEXIBILITY MEASURES:
~ These norms provided flexibility to banks in their functioning. They include the following measures:

# Reduction of SLR and CRR:
~ The CRR ratio was reduced considerably from 15% (1991) to 6% (2010).
~ Similarly the SLR ratio was also reduced from 38.5% to 25%.
~ These reduced ratios enable the bank to release more funds for commercial lending (Loans & Advance)

# Deregulation of Interest Rates:
~ This norm gave banks the freedom to fix their:
^ Prime lending rates (excluding export credit).
^ Variable interest rates on all deposits (except savings deposits)

# Setting-up Subsidiaries:
~ Banks are encouraged to set-up their subsidiaries.
~ This helps to diversify activities like mutual funds, venture capital, merchant banking, housing finance etc.
~ This increases the profit margin and consolidates the bank’s position in the financial market.

# Freedom of Operation:
~ Banks were allowed to open new branches and upgrade extension counters.
~ They are also permitted to close down non-viable branches (except in rural area).

3)COMPETITIVE EFFICIENCY MEASURES:
~ These measures improve the competitive efficiency of banks.
~ These measures paved way for private sectors and foreign banks to enter the banking business.
~ The government’s share holding in the nationalised banks was considerably brought down to 51%.

4) LEGAL ENVIRONMENT MEASURES:
~ These measures provided legal assistance to the banking system for quick recovery of dues.
~ The RBI set up Debt Recovery Tribunals to provide a mechanism to recover loans.
~ Also, a High Power Committee was form to suggest appropriate foreclosure laws.

5) CONSUMER SERVICES AND PRIORITY SECTOR LENDING:
~ Banks are suggested to provide at least 40% of lending to priority sector.
~ However, priority sectors have been redefined and subsidy has been reduced.
~ Banking Ombudsman Scheme was introduced for quick settlement of customer disputes.

* SECOND PHASE OF BANKING SECTOR REFORMS:
~ These reforms are being carried out on the recommendations of NARSHIMAM COMMITEE II (yr 1998).
~ The following reforms have been undertaken:

1) NEW AREAS FOR BANK FINANCING: These include
– Insurance
– Credit cards – asset management
– Leasing – investment banking
– Infrastructure financing – factoring etc.

2) INSTRUMENTS FOR ENHANCED FLEXIBILITY AND BETTER RISK MANAGEMENT:
– forward rate agreements – cross currency forward contracts
– interest rate swaps – liquidity adjustment facility
-forward cover to hedge inflows (FDIs)

3) UPGRADED TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PAYMENTS AND SETTLEMENTS:
~ Electronic fund Transfer.
~ Centralized fund management system.
~ Negotiated dealing system.
~ Structured Financial messaging solution, etc.
~ Real Time Gross Settlement system (RTGS).

4) ADOPTION OF GLOBAL STANDARDS:
~ Introduction of risk based supervision of banks.
~ basel II Norms.

5) CREDIT DELIVERY MECHANISMS:
~ Increase flow of credit to priority sectors.
~ Definition of priority sector widened.

6) RISK MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN BANKS:
~ Setting up of Risk Management Committees.
~ Specialised committees monitor various risk like credit risk, operational risks, market risks, etc.

7) FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT:
~ The limit for foreign direct investment in private banks has been increased to 74%.
~ 10% capital on voting rights has been removed.

8) UNIVERSAL BANKING:
~ Universal banking refers to the combination of commercial banking and investment banking.
~ It includes a vast range of other financial services beyond commercial banking.
~ They include insurance, leasing, investment advisory etc.

9) MANAGEMENT OF NPAs:
~ The enactment of securitisation, Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 is an important step in the banking sector.
~ It led to setting up of asset management companies and enhancing of creditor rights.
~ An asset management company is authorised to acquire the NPAs of the banks.
~ In case of NPAs, a secured creditor can serve a notice to the borrower to discharge the liabilities within 60 days, failing which, he is entitled to take over the possession/management of secured assets.
~ Several institutional measures have been initiated to contain the level of NPAs, like:

^ Corporate Debt Restructuring (CDR)
^ Debt Recovery Tribunals (DTRs)
^ Lok Adalats.

10) MERGERS AND AMALGAMATION OF BANKS:
~ RBI has issued guidelines for mergers and amalgamations of private sector banks.
~ These guidelines cover details regarding:

^ Process of merger proposal
^ Determination of swap ratios.
^ Disclosures and norms buying / selling shares by the promoters before / during the process of merger.

11) MANAGERIAL AUTONOMY FOR PUBLIC SECTOR BANKS:
~ The Government of India has issued a managerial autonomy for public sector banks. (Feb 2005)
~ This enables them to compete with private sector banks.
~ Public sector banks are allowed to:

^ Explore new lines of business.
^ Make suitable acquisitions.
^ Close or merge unviable branches.
^ Open branches abroad.
^ Set up subsidiaries.
^ Exit from an existing line of business.
^ Decide human resource issues.

12) ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING GUIDELINES:
~ In recent years, prevention of money laundering has assured greater importance.
~ In Nov 2004, RBI revised Know Your Customer (KYC) guidelines.
~ Banks have to frame their policies within the network of KYC guideline. They relate to customer acceptance, customer identification, risk management and monitoring transaction.

13) APPLICATION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: (IT)
~ There is increased use of IT in banking.
~ Banks have introduced various facilities like:

^ Online Banking
^ E-Banking
^ Internet Banking
^ Telephone Banking, etc.

14) CUSTOMER SERVICES:
~ These measures improve customer service of commercial banks.
~ They include:

^ Banking Ombudsman.
^ Customer Service Committee of the Board.
^ Credit Card Facilities.
^ Settlement of claims of deceased Depositor.

Beyond Robots: The Service Economy

September 19th, 2016

In his amazing book, The Rise of the Robots, Martin Ford paints a fairly grim picture. He recounts how we moved from an agrarian society to an industrial one. Technological improvements simultaneously pushed people off the land and pulled them into factories. When the technology improved again, there was the emergence of new service based enterprises. We moved from factories in to office buildings. The jobs we lost off the land, and then from the factories, ended up in office buildings, more or less.

Ford claims another significant shift is about to occur, but without the job replacement that has happened in the past. The emergence of artificial intelligence and autonomous robots will slash the service economy. The IBM developed reasoning computer Watson is already assisting in healthcare across the globe and has started moving into the financial services sector. Artificial Intelligence services have also been introduced as teaching assistants in some universities: students wrote to their online assistant with various queries about scheduling and logistics, and received a computer-generated response. The online assistant received very high ratings from students about the service. Only they did not know they were being served by a computer.

What does this mean? Any service that requires manual data entry or repetitive processing will likely be replaced in the next five to ten years by automated computerised services. If you are in bookkeeping, accounting, libraries, university student services, healthcare, this ought to be a heads up warning sign. Your job will be changing radically, if not disappearing in the near future. Even hospitality is not exempt. In Japan, they already have a robot-run hotel and completely automated sushi restaurants.

Ford heralds this as a giant financial global risk. Unlike in previous economic evolutions, there is nothing to replace the displaced service workers. We will all sit around with our home service robots making us risotto and a glass of cabernet sauvignon with nothing to do. Bored and unemployed.

I think this is a poor perspective on the very nature of the human condition. From the moment we arrive as a squawking bundle of joy, we soak up and seek the experience of being human. Exploring and savouring this one precious life is our ticket to ride on this planet.

All technological innovations have been about making our lives better and easier (though email seems to be the one thing that has faltered in this regard). When we invented electricity, a lot of coal delivery people were left out of work. When we invented modern tools for the kitchen, plenty of kitchen hands were let go. Yes, we lost jobs. And then we got busy inventing new ways of doing things better, creating new opportunities, and new jobs.

Here’s one thing the robots won’t replace: our relentless desire to explore the bounds of human potential.

I believe that we are about to launch from the Service Economy to the Experience Economy. What will drive economic development will be our curiosity to discover more about who we are and the world in which we live, on this planet and beyond. Why else would Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson dump so much cash into projects like space travel and man-powered Mars expeditions?

They want to know what it is like to be human in space. And they figure other people want that too.

What does that mean if you are not a quadzillionnaire?

This is how we might re-invent our roles as robots relieve us of our tedious automated work:

Accountants might look at the experience of their clients and ask, ‘How can we make financial management extraordinary for our clients?” What if they had a series of virtual reality programs they could offer their clients to help them develop a plan for their future finances? What if accountants and financial planners helped their clients to reinvent themselves throughout their lives? Accountants become not only money managers, but Lifestyle Designers.

Universities might experiment with the student experience with this driving question: “How do we help our students discover the difference they want to make on the planet, the challenges they most want to solve?” The University then helps them collaborate with other students to discover possibilities through things like virtual reality, augmented reality, and actual reality. The University becomes a true place of discovery and collaborative design rather than a didactic transfer of information.

Restaurants can reinvent their premises as an experience-focused offering: Just like this Japanese restaurant which offers nude dining, though with controversial size and weight restrictions.. A Restaurant might explore how it can integrate the dining experience across a number of different platforms: a virtual reality tour of where the ingredients were sourced, a live tour of the farms that supplies it, a hologram explaining all the specific health benefits of particular menu choices complete with 3D model of the nutrients being digested, with the bone repair and tissue regeneration being modelled from it.

The wildfire development of online interactive game platforms has long-known that the desire for experiences is an insatiable appetite – and they have the billions to prove it.

So whether the experience is virtual, augmented, or actual, the Experience Economy will rise, to serve these questions, “What does it mean to be human, and how we can take that to the edge and beyond?”

How can you reinvent your role to one that offered extraordinary experiences? I’d love to hear your ideas.

Partners & Suppliers in the Oil & Gas Services Sector – Part 2

September 19th, 2016

9. Prosafe ASA (Norway)
Prosafe operates globally and has about 340 employees. The company is headquartered in Larnaca, Cyprus and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange with ticker code PRS. Operating profit reached USD 222.2 million in 2007.
Prosafe comprises a parent company and the business division Offshore Support Services, the world’s leading owner and operator of semi-sumbersible accommodation/service rigs.
Prosafe has more than three decades of operational experience from the world’s largest oil and gas provinces. With an excellent uptime record, a solid financial performance and the ability to offer innovative in house technology and cost-efficient solutions, the company has positioned itself as a provider of high quality services.
Prosafe owns and operates 12 accommodation rigs (flotels).

10. Reservoir Exploration Technology (Norway)
Reservoir Exploration Technology ASA (RXT) is a marine geophysical company specialising in multi component seismic sea-floor acquisition.

Until May 2006 RXT has been operating one crew in the Gulf of Mexico, a dual vessel operation comprising a shooting vessel and a cable/buoy handler. Their GOM operations started in June 2004 and have demonstrated the superior imaging capabilities of the VSO sensors and cables.

RXT is planning a change according to the info on their site: “What we are going to do; Innovative business models to drive the marine multi-component business: In producing fields, For obstructed area long-offset applications, For time lapse 3D, Develop a “tool box” of acquisition methods (For deep water, For shallow water, For transition zone), Focus completely on what we do best: Marine acquisition.

Vision-statement: “to become the leading supplier of multi-component sea-floor acquisition.”

11. SBM Offshore (Netherlands)
SBM Offshore N.V. is a pioneer in the offshore oil and gas industry. Worldwide, we have over 4,000 employees representing 40 nationalities, and are present in 15 countries. Our activities include the engineering, supply, and offshore installation of most types of offshore terminals or related equipment. In addition, SBM Offshore owns and operates its own fleet of Floating (Production) Storage and Offloading units. SBM Offshore has a track record of developing innovative, cost-effective solutions for the ever-changing needs of its Clients. Each company of the group contributes its technical expertise, making SBM Offshore a market leader.

became a pioneer in Single Point Mooring (SPM) systems, dynamically positioned drilling vessels, jack-up drilling rigs, and heavy offshore cranes.
SBM Offshore’s present activities include the engineering, supply, and offshore installation of SPM systems for offshore loading and unloading of vessels or the permanent mooring of offshore oil production and/or storage vessels, as well as the turnkey supply of complete floating facilities for the production, storage, and export of crude oil and gas.
The latter comprise (FPSOs), (FSOs), (TLPs), (FPUs) and (MOPUs).

12. Sevan Marine (Norway)
Business Model
Sevan Marine ASA is listed on Oslo Børs (ticker SEVAN) and is specializing in building, owning and operating floating units for offshore applications. The Company has developed a cylinder shaped floater, suitable in all offshore environments. Presently Sevan Marine has four floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSOs) and three drilling units contracted to clients. The Company is also developing other application types for its cylindrical Sevan hull, including floating LNG production and power plants with CO2 capture.
The Company’s business strategy is based on a Build-Own-Operate model, which gives Sevan control over the value creation chain.

13. Saipem (Italy)
“The Group is now the largest, most powerful, most international and best balanced turnkey contractor in the oil and gas industry.” The organization has been rationalised into three global business units: Onshore, Offshore and Drilling. It enjoys a superior competitive position for the provision of EPIC/EPC services to the oil industry both onshore and offshore; with a particular focus on the toughest and most technologically challenging projects – activities in remote areas, deepwater, gas, difficult oil.

Along with its strong European content, the major part of its human resource base comes from developing countries. Saipem employs over 30,000 people comprising more than 100 nationalities… it employs large numbers of people from the most cost effective developing countries … and has sizeable service bases in India, Croatia, Romania and Indonesia.
Saipem has a distinctive Health & Safety Environment Management System and its Quality Management System has been granted ISO 9001:2000 certification by Lloyd’s Register Certification.

14. Subsea 7 (Norway)
Subsea 7 is one of the world’s leading engineering and construction companies offering all the expertise and assets that make Subsea Umbilical, Riser and Flowline (SURF) field development and operation possible.
With a multi-national workforce in excess of 5,000 personnel, the company’s offshore operations are supported out of the North Sea, Africa, Brazil, Gulf of Mexico and Asia Pacific.

Subsea 7’s experienced and skilled project managers and experienced engineers offer all the disciplines that make subsea oil & gas development and operation possible, including complete EPIC services, and life of field IRM services.
These services are supported by a modern fleet of pipelay, construction, diving and ROV support vessels. Global Operations include logistical and spool bases which are supported by dedicated in-house survey and positioning resources together with technology development, including robotic intervention services.
“Our deep-rooted health, safety, environmental and quality culture is inherent in all we have achieved to date and remains the pivotal foundations of performance.”

15. Technip (France)
Engineering, technologies and construction services for Oil and Gas, Petrochemical and other industries.
“Backed by 50 years of experience and thanks to the expertise and know-how of its teams, Technip is a key contributor to the development of technologies and sustainable solutions for the exploitation of the world’s energy resources.”
2007 key figures: 23,000 employees in 46 countries, Industrial assets on five continents, A fleet of 19 vessels by 2010, Operating income from recurring activities: EUR247 million, Revenues: close to EUR 7.9 billion.
Fields: subsea, offshore and onshore.

16. TGS Nopec (Norway)
TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company (TGS) is a principal resource for global non-exclusive geoscientific data products and services in the oil and gas industry. Countries worldwide have entrusted TGS to assist with licensing rounds and the preparation of regional data programs. This global presence, which includes offshore surveys conducted in more than two dozen nations, is made possible by a diverse staff on three continents. Success in this competitive marketplace reflects a proud reputation for benchmark quality and personalized service.

1. Geophysical products & services. TGS specializes in the design, acquisition and processing of 2D and 3D multi-client seismic surveys worldwide.
2. Geological Data products & services. An industry-leading digital well log collection, well data management & services, multi-client interpretive products and subsurface consulting are also available from TGS.
3. Imaging Services. TGS delivers advanced high performance imaging and software solutions to support its geoscience data programs.

17. John Wood Group (GB Scotland)
Wood Group is an international energy services company with $4.4bn sales, employing approximately 25,000 people worldwide and operating in 46 countries.

Wood Group is an international energy services company with more than $4.4bn sales, employing approximately 25,000 people worldwide and operating in 46 countries.
The Group has three businesses – Engineering & Production Facilities, Well Support and Gas Turbine Services – providing a range of engineering, production support, maintenance management and industrial gas turbine overhaul and repair services to the oil & gas, and power generation industries worldwide.

Wood Group is among the global market leaders in: deepwater engineering, offshore pipelines, artificial lift using electric submersible pumps, enhancement of oil & gas production in mature fields, the repair and overhaul of industrial gas turbines.

Wood group focuses on three areas: 1.Engineering and production facilities. Greenfield, infield engeineering, production enhancement and maintenance. 2. Well support and 3. Gas Turbine services. (*)

(*) – Information gathered from the companies websites…

H.J.B.

Customer Confusion in the Financial Services Industry (FSI)

September 19th, 2016

In the late 20th century FSIs started changing into a distinct shape entirely. Previously, a financial services institution provided only banking services (i.e. mostly a place where you can deposit and withdraw money or suchlike assets). However, banks modified their role in a relatively quick time from customer banking to multiple FSIs (i.e. banking, mortgages, insurance, credit cards, capital and bond market services, internet banking, phone banking, investment finance, etc.). This revolutionary management of consumer credit and consumer debt had fascinating implications for their selling financial functions.

First, in attempting to address every corner of the envisaged legal challenges, FSIs already had time-consuming contract papers. All The Same, with multiple services customers were at once subjected to a combination of bountiful and contravening info, an abnormal number of brands, and product replications.

Second, this one-stop service doctrine was instituted about to make simpleness in dealings. All The Same, as the count of functions increased, the complexity did too. All The Same, on the other hand, it made incorrect assurance within the customers regarding their financial assessment. All of the above mentioned financial functions involve variant set of skills to cope with them. However, a single provider and one-stop-shopping made customers conceive that capital and bond markets investing were as open as banking.

Researchers hint that product diverseness can have a importantly beneficial effect on consumer decision making However, results from data-based studies learned that over-choice and overcharge of selective information deters customers from pursuing with a service provider due to confusion over a product’s value.

The multiplicity of financial services, which produced the unrealistic surity, may have corresponding effects connecting to customer confusion and service value sound judgments as noted in other sectors where product proliferations took place. However, previous debates have not looked at consumer confusion in financial service industries.

In a recent article, published in the association for customer research conference, investigators (Dr. Paurav Shukla, Dr. Madhumita Banerjee and Dr. Phani Tej Adidam), attempted to conceptualize and through empirical observation, test a model of consumer confusion in financial sector.

The investigators found significant impact of expectations, attribute confusion and information confusion on overall consumer confusion. The research article talks about how such confusion can deter clients from engaging with a financial institution. It has long-term implications regards to attracting and keeping clients for FSIs.

Increasing understanding of customers and diminishing confusion is one of the basic targets of any organization. Moreover, in marketplaces such as financial functions, where numerous similarities of expectations, attributes and data exist within consumer minds, reduction in consumer confusion can become a source of competitive advantage. The model applied for this paper provides marketing managers with a first hand estimate of where and how consumer confusion is caused. This will aid marketers in optimizing their firm resources to manage the multi-faceted phenomenon of customer confusion. Marketers addressing customer confusion as a single tier concept may meet unsuitable consequences.

Successful B2B Lead Generation For Financial Services

September 19th, 2016

Business-to-business (B2B) telemarketing does not confine only to several companies. It is a helpful tool that can be used by all firms, the nature of products and/or services notwithstanding. The financial services industry, too, can utilize the telephone as its major instrument to increase its number of qualified financial sales leads.

From its conception until now, cold-calling has been swarmed with challenges. Talking to the bosses, who are strangers to you, is one of the biggest hurdles. However, through effective planning and execution, all of the obstacles can be passed through to reach company’s goals and objectives.

The following statements are some of the tried and tested means to generate more quality sales leads, especially for the financial services sector.

1. Script must not be used.

As opposed to what others are thinking, using script in cold-calling is not that effective. It actually limits the success rate in a business-to-business (B2B) telemarketing. Instead of scripts, come up with a free flow and flexible call guide. This will assist professional telemarketers to converse more efficiently with sales prospects. Using scripts does not have customization and personal touch.

Moreover, callers must know the specific needs of the target leads. By doing so, they will be able to inform prospects with the right solutions to their problems.

2. The benefits must be the core of the conversation.

During the conversation, professional telemarketers must focus more on the gains that a customer can get if s/he opts to buy. Less must be discussed about the company. This is so because the sales leads show more enthusiasm in knowing what can solve his/her problem/s. Furthermore, they are interested in getting information on how can the products and/or services give benefits and/or lower their expenses.

Always remember that prospects initially want to know how can a thing uplifts their lives, especially that you are selling financial products.

3. Shorten the introductory statement.

Frequently, decision makers get bored when they hear long opening lines from the caller. With this, cold-callers must practice a short but enticing opening pitch in order to catch the attention of the prospects.

4. Don’t beat around the bush.

Managers and directors value each second of their work time. Therefore, professional telemarketers ought to be direct, honest and straightforward. They must hit the bull’s eye immediately and never mention something that can’t help any relation to the products and services.

5. Sales is part of a process.

Callers must keep in mind that sales is not an independent event. Yet, it is a part of a process. For that reason, they are obliged to keep things moderately. They are not to push for the sale to close quickly. Why? Because this might lead to losing customers.

Every sales prospect is an employee of another company. They think not only of their personal benefits but of the entire company. This means that it takes time for them to make a decision. What telemarketers should do is to nurture them while the leads are still in the decision-making stage.

6. Utilize a set of diverse marketing methods.

Telemarketing must be combined with other tools to optimize lead generation. Firms, then, are obliged to try search engine optimization, email marketing, pay per leads and the likes.

7. Build a relationship.

One of the keys in success, not only for financial services, is to build rapport with the customers. How? Professional marketers must nurture them by keeping them informed, educated and valued.

Florida Department Of Financial Services – Its 4 Sections And Their Functions Explained

August 4th, 2016

The Florida Department of Banking Services provides advice to consumers, businesspersons and individuals residing in Florida. The advice is provided chargeless of allegation to those who seek it. This advice is accessible on the Department’s website or through the accompaniment appointment on a appeal for a printed archetype of the information. The website is disconnected into sections and caters to consumers, agents, adjusters, accompaniment vendors and employers. Each area deals with assorted capacity and provides accepted advice about the bread-and-butter apple in the accompaniment of Florida.

1. The Customer Section:

The customer area of the Florida Department of Banking Services website contains online writing on banking news, customer credit, allowance policies, acclaim scams, actionable schemes, Medicare issues and bloom insurance. The visitors can ask questions in account of financial, allowance and acclaim issues. The website offers acquaintance information, should the customer feel the charge to abode any affectionate of complaints apropos any allowance or banking account in the state.

2. The Aggregation Directory:

The agenda provides a advertisement of all allowance companies and agents operating in the Florida state. It provides accomplishments advice on the accurate aggregation that is asked for and whether it is accompaniment accustomed and meets the set standards. The website alerts the consumers apropos the scams and cons apparent beyond the state. Acquaintance numbers are provided for those who ambition to address a scam., or those who ambition to abode a complaint on getting targeted by these actionable schemes.

3. Allowance Section:

Appraisers and adjusters can accomplish use of the allowance area to access advice on allowance apprenticeship requirements and authorization renewal. New insurers in Florida Accompaniment have to accommodated the accepted requirements set by the Florida Department of Banking Services.

4. Administration Section:

The administration in Florida Accompaniment can use the Department’s website to be adapted with the latest changes in workman’s compensations like payments, regulations and claims. Training sessions and workshops on workers’ compensations organized in the accompaniment are advertised on the website. Administration can participate and account from these training sessions.

The Florida Department of Banking Services has set up a absolute and alternate website for the account of the humans residing in Florida State. Those who ambition to access advice can do so actual calmly by visiting the website

Marketing Financial Services to the Affluent – How Knowledgeable Are Your Prospects?

July 22nd, 2016

One by-product of the contempo banking agitation is that added and added of the flush are gluttonous out new banking advice. Whether it be absolute battlefront of their accepted adviser (still almost rare) to actively gluttonous additional opinions, there has not been a bigger time for admiral to actively accompany the flush market.

However, business to the flush requires a far added attenuate access than abounding admiral are acclimated to. It’s important to accumulate in apperception the congenital bent that a lot of of the flush accept appear advisors. According to one contempo analysis from Investment News, 65% of the flush accept an initially abrogating acknowledgment to anyone who says they are a banking advisor. A beggarly 5% of the flush accept that a banking adviser is cogent the accuracy if they say that they offer, “unbiased advice”.

It is credible that the flush accept confused their mindset if it comes to what they are searching for in an advisor. Unlike just a few years ago, what today’s flush desires is an alone (or increasingly, a team) who can accommodate a holistic access to their banking needs. Anyone who can serve as the quarterback of their banking bold plan.

What this agency for the adviser who wants to physique added flush relationships is that he or she have to drag their bold so that they are accouterment admonition that assumes a greater akin of ability on the allotment of their -to-be clients.

Traditionally, investors were anticipation of as getting in one of two groups; acquiescent or knowledgeable. The acquiescent accumulation was decidedly larger, and represented those with little apprenticeship or absorption in investing. The academic “idle rich” comes to mind.

However, there is annihilation like a bread-and-butter accident to about-face acquiescent investors into alive abreast clients. As one such adapted flush broker commented, “Given the allotment I’ve gotten recently, I can’t do any worse than that guy I’ve been paying all that money to!” Although admiral can accurately altercate that their training gives them a different angle on the market, it’s aswell accurate that with a atom of effort, any broker can apprentice a decidedly ample bulk about the banking options accessible to them. Moreover, by artlessly account the Wall Street Journal and alert to CNBC, any broker can bound get appealing abysmal on the bread-and-butter factors that affect their investments.

So what doe this beggarly to the advisor? First, it agency that they charge to drag the akin of chat they are accepting with their -to-be clients. Rather than bold their affairs are passive, they charge to access into the altercation with the acceptance that the being they are speaking with is abreast and analytic well-informed. As one actual acknowledged adviser to the flush said to me, “It is abundant easier to alpha the chat at a top akin and again accompany it down if you acquisition you’re talking over their heads, again carnality versa.”